Isaiah 54:10

Isaiah 54:10

For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

      We come to the church and as the worship begins and the chorus rings out we raise our voices and our hands to the heavens. As the preacher comes forward to the pulpit we take our seats and we listen attentively. Maybe we take notes or highlight passages in our Bibles. We nod affirmation and say, “Amen Pastor!” But is there a wall between us and the God of heaven? Is it a wall of woundedness and fear, a sense of unworthiness as if we could be disqualified from grace because of our past or even our present failures? Is it a deep suspicion because we have been hurt and disappointed by the church in the past? Well, man may fail and let us down but God will never fail, He will never disappoint. Let me draw you a picture of God’s love for you.  Let me attempt to describe for you the heart of God that He expresses through Isaiah the prophet when He says,

For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

There is a huge procession passing through the streets of the city. Everyone is out to see it. In an elaborate carriage pulled by the most majestic horses you have ever seen, huge elegant thunder breathing war horses. In this absolutely beautiful carriage rides the King. Everyone kneels down as he passes and His attendants are all arrayed in the finest splendor. The sense of rich and royal pageantry is thick in the air and there is a great sense of celebration for he is a good and well- loved King. Many of His subjects are following along and singing a marvelous chorus to His grace and royal attributes. Out of the corner of his eye the King sees an urchin child cowering in the shadows, cold and hungry and dressed in rags. He stops the carriage and he gets down.  The entire crowd goes absolutely silent. All you can hear is the quiet sobbing of the child. He goes and kneels before the child and scoops him up into JHis arms. He removes his royal robe and very tenderly wraps it around the dirty shoulders of this shivering waif. He places him in the carriage and holds him close in His lap and he whispers to this child of misfortune. “You are home now and you will never be hungry or cold again, I promise, I am your father now.” That is how Jesus feels about you. The child who caught the attention of the king was totally transparent in his need, he was not in a position to celebrate the procession. He was so far beyond trying to conceal his pain and his hurt. He had no mask of courage or toughness to wear to hide his brokenness. But it was him that caused the parade to stop. It was for him the king got down from his royal carriage. It was him the king saved and loved. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says to us; For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. God can see you shivering naked in the doorway as the rest of the world celebrates His passing and misses you entirely. He will stop the parade to save you, He will come down from His carriage to love you. He will carry you to peace and security and say to you, “You are home now and you will never be hungry or cold again, I promise, I am your father now.”

“Lord please fill me with Your Spirit and obliterate my fear, my woundedness, my mistrust and establish in  me the truth of Your great love for me. Please cause me to reach the fullness of the relationship You desire to have with me, amen.”

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